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What Just Happened: Grading the 2015 Cleveland Indians

The 2015 Cleveland Indians season was certainly an overall disappointment when initial expectations were the Tribe would finish the season with a playoff run. Finishing at 81-80, the Indians were 13.5 games behind Kansas City in third place in the American League Central Division. September was fun for a while as the Tribe stayed into contention for most of the month for the wild...
Via Burning River Baseball
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Urshela Made Defense at Third Look Easy

A youth movement has passed through the Indians organization. New faces popped up on the team throughout the season, most notably top prospect Francisco Lindor. While he provided both at the plate and on the field well over expectations, he wasn’t the only guy playing clutch defense on the left side of the infield. Giovanny Urshela also made a huge impression in his first season...

2015 Player of the Game Results

While it isn’t used as much as it once was on the site in deference to more standardized all-encompassing stats, I still use the stat I created, called the Player of the Game stat, for scoring every game of the season and evaluating players. For more info on the number, check the Player of the Game page, but to keep it simple, it includes all offensive, defensive and pitching...
Via Burning River Baseball
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Carrasco’s Growth Could Give Cleveland a Pair of Aces

To look at what Cleveland’s Carlos Carrasco did on the mound independent of any prior season in his professional career, it would be pretty safe to say he had a really quality year for the Indians. For those who endured his ups and downs and his eventual banishment to the bullpen in the time from his acquisition from the Philadelphia Phillies in the Cliff Lee trade through the...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Cleveland Indians may soon have minority investor

CLEVELAND (AP) An investment bank hired by Indians owner Paul Dolan has identified a potential minority partner for the franchise and may be near a deal. Steve Greenberg, managing director of Allen & Company, a New York-based financial boutique that has brokered sports acquisitions in the past, said Thursday the search has narrowed on a ''small group.'' Greenberg said the hope...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

A New View for Harder With Tribe

April 19, 1948 When the Indians take the field tomorrow afternoon to open the 1948 season, Mel Harder will begin the season in the same place he has every year since 1937 – on the bench. However, this year it likely will be a different feeling than he’s ever felt before, yet one he has demonstrated comfort in for years. If number 18 strides to the mound tomorrow, it won’t be...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Breaking into the Record Books 2015

While as a team, the Indians season was largely disappointing, they still had plenty of individual successes. Of particular note was the starting rotation with four starters striking out 170 batters each for the first time in Indians history among other impressive stats. Below follows all the Indians players who have moved into the top ten in career or single season team record books...
Via Burning River Baseball
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians promote stability, Antonetti, Chernoff, and Falvey

On Tuesday, the Cleveland Indians formally announced what had been rumored in promoting Chris Antonetti to President of Baseball Operations, Mike Chernoff to General Manager, and Derek Falvey to Assistant General Manager. Despite falling short of the playoffs once again in 2015, the Cleveland Indians front office personnel continue to be desired candidates for jobs throughout MLB...
Via Waiting For Next Year
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Grantland’s Jonah Keri votes Lindor for AL ROY; Kluber fifth in Cy Young

The Cleveland Indians won’t be hoisting any hardware as a team this fall, but there’s still a chance that they bring home some individual awards. AL Rookie of the Year contender Francisco Lindor represents the best chance, and Grantland’s Jonah Keri gave the shortstop some kudos in his season-ending awards writeup: In what will go down as The Year of the Rookie, this was another...
Via Waiting For Next Year
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Francona vs. Orsillo, or “Why We’ll Miss Don, Reason #27,849″

History has shown us that every Batman must have his Joker. Every Casear his Brutus. Every Marty McFly his Biff. Every foodie that best friend who just wants to go to Arby’s. It’s a circle of conflict that has kept this world spinning for years. Now we must add two more names to those classic confrontations: Don Orsillo and Terry Francona. For reasons I still don’t quite understand...
Via Surviving Grady
9 days ago  |  Discuss

End of the season post-mortem: 2015 Cleveland Indians

The Indians went into this season expecting to win, but fell into a hole after a couple poor months that even the annual Terry Francona bounce couldn’t get them out of. For the third straight season, the Tribe fell short of the real playoffs despite having one of the best pitching staffs in baseball and a few MVP caliber hitters. Preseason Prediction: The Indians have a set...
Via The Outside Corner
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins P hints team will hit Indians infielder over bat flip

    The Minnesota Twins took exception to the way Jose Ramirez celebrated a home run he hit on Wednesday, and Ricky Nolasco hinted that the second baseman may be in line for a plunking. Ramirez went 2-for-4 with 4 RBIs in the Indians’ 10-1 win over the Twins in the second half of a doubleheader. He had an RBI double in the second, but it was after his 3-run home run in the...
Via Larry Brown Sports
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Michael Brantley shut down for the season due to shoulder injury

Indians outfielder Michael Brantley will be shut down for the rest of the season due to an injury to his right shoulder. The Indians have six games left in 2015, starting with today’s doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins.’s Jordan Bastian was first with the news this afternoon. MRI showed inflammation in Brantley's right shoulder. He'll get cortisone shot today...
Via Waiting For Next Year
12 days ago  |  Discuss

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